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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Celebrating 25 Years of WAing

Concurrent Sessions I, 9:15-10:30 a.m.

Once upon a time there was a WA program. How did it all begin?
Trotter 203
Come hear from three of the program's first WAs about how their experiences at the beginning of WAing at Swarthmore and learn about what they did after graduation.

  • Chair: Thomas H. Blackburn, Centennial Professor Emeritus of English Literature and founder and first director of the program.
  • Abigail Feder-Kane '87, Director of Institutional Support, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Mark Shapiro '88, Akerman Senterfitt LLP
  • Claudia Sorsby '88, Freelance editor and author

Writing in the Professions
Trotter 301
Have you ever wondered about the writing demands of careers in law, neurobiology, or radiology? Let these WAs tell you from experience!

  • Peter Glickman '88, Diagnostic Radiologist, Franklin and Seidelmann
  • Elizabeth Leininger '04, Science Fellow, Columbia University
  • Jennifer Philpott Wilson '97, Philpott Wilson LLP

Faculty Panel on Writing
Trotter 303
Hear as three Swarthmore professors reflect about their personal writing processes, and learn how the Writing Associates Program affects their teaching and writing.

  • Diane Anderson, Associate Professor of Educational Studies
  • Rachel Merz, Professor of Biology
  • Peter Schmidt, Professor of English Literature

Concurrent Sessions II, 10:45–Noon

Capable Peers: Writing and Education
Trotter 203
As an essential part of education, writing is an area that gets a lot of attention. Find out how these WAs are adapting the ideas behind WAing to high school, college, and medical school.

  • Rebecca Lipstein Burnett '03, Assistant Director of the Writing Center, Germantown Academy
  • Chris Cobb '90, Associate Professor of English, Saint Mary's College
  • Alexa Miller '00, Independent Arts Learning Specialist

How did policies for writing transform into writing for policy?
Trotter 301
Join these alumni as they discuss their careers in health policy research, transportation policy, and Intellectual Asset Management.

  • Matthew Davis '89, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Internal Medicine, and Public Policy, The University of Michigan
  • Max Johnson '96, Policy and Development, Amtrak
  • James Sailer '90, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Population Council

Writing in the Ivory Tower: On Writing for Graduate School
Trotter 303
Join three of our alumni who are pursuing advanced degrees (MD/PhD, Philosophy MA, and JD) and hear how writing affects getting into graduate school and how writing changes in the graduate context.

  • Stephanie Cross '04, MD/PhD, Neuroscience Program at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Nina Thanawala '07, law student at New York University
  • Molly Wilder '09, MA, Philosophy program at Tufts University

WAlumni Takeover of the Writing Center, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Trotter 120
We will have special open hours of the Writing Center so that students can bring in papers and writing for WAlumni to read and discuss with students.

Concurrent Sessions III, 2:00–3:15 p.m.

Science Writing
Trotter 203
Three writers in the science world discuss the intricacies of writing about science in scholarly, mainstream, and trade contexts.

  • Nancy Rosenbaum Hofmann '96, Science Editor, The Plant Cell
  • Jill McElderry-Maxwell '92, Bag End Suri Alpacas of Maine, LLC
  • Ian Yarett '09, Newsweek

Documentary Production and Media
Trotter 301
Join documentary producer Dallas Brennan Rexer for a discussion of careers in media and production.

  • Dallas Brennan Rexer '94, Senior Producer, Arts Engine / Big Mouth Productions

Grant Writing Workshop, 2:00–4:45 p.m.
Trotter 303
Facilitators will discuss the ins and outs of grant writing.

  • Garrett Ash '05, Co-Director of Running Across Borders and Graduate Research Assistant at UConn Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention
  • Tamara DeMoor '10, Lang Opportunity Scholar

Concurrent Sessions IV, 3:30–4:45 p.m.

Current WA Panel: What is the program like now?
Trotter 203
Curious about what the program is doing now? Wondering if the WA program is still like the one you knew? Want to meet some current students? Come and hear about being a WA in 2011 with students working as WAs this semester.

  • Chair: Jill Gladstein, Director of Writing and Associate Professor of English
  • Rachel Crane '13
  • Dante Fuoco '12
  • Nolan Gear '12
  • Chenge Mahomva '11

Writing for Social Change
Trotter 301
Hear about the role of writing in social action. Two recent alums discuss how they use what they learned about writing at Swarthmore in their current positions.

  • Helen Chmura '09, National Wildlife Federation
  • Maya Schenwar '05, Executive Director, Truthout